Permit Application Public Notices

The United States Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate activities that may impact wetlands and waters of the United States. This authority is granted and defined under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, also known as the Clean Water Act.

Public involvement is a key element of the Corps’ permit review process. During an application review, the Corps considers the views of other federal, state and local agencies, Native American tribes, interest groups, and the general public. The results of this careful public interest review are fair and equitable decisions that allow reasonable use of private property, infrastructure development, and growth of the economy, while offsetting the authorized impacts to the waters of the United States.

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Published May 8, 2012
Expiration date: 6/1/2012

PUBLIC NOTICE for Permit Application 

                        Issue Date: May 3, 2012

                                    Expiration Date: June 1, 2012

                                    US Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2012-109           

30-Day Notice                                               Oregon Department of State Lands No: 50159-RF           



Interested parties are hereby notified that an application has been received for a Department of the Army permit for certain work in waters of the United States, as described below and shown on the attached plan.


Comments:  Comments on the described work should reference the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers number shown above and reach this office no later than the above expiration date of this Public Notice to become part of the record and be considered in the decision.  Comments should be mailed to the following address:


                        U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

                        Michele E. Hanson {}

                        Eugene Permit Section

                        1600 Executive Parkway  Suite 210

                        Eugene, OR  97401-2156

Applicant:      Grace Point Church of the Nazarene

                       210 Clover Ridge Road NE

                       Albany, OR 97322-4406


Location:        The project is located on Clover Ridge Road, in Albany, Linn County, Oregon (Section 34, Township 10 South, Range 3 West). 


Waterway:     Wetlands adjacent to Burkhart Creek

Project Description:  Grace Point Church of the Nazarene (Grace Point Church) proposes to permanently fill up to 0.9-acre of wetland to accommodate the need of their congregation for a larger facility.  The source of the fill material will be a combination of onsite and off-site sources.  The majority of post construction runoff from new impervious surfaces will be routed through a stormwater detention facility, then through a biofiltration swale for pretreatment prior to discharging into the City’s stormwater conveyance system and, ultimately into Burkhart Creek.  The affected wetland is currently in agricultural production for small grains.

Mitigation: Grace Point Church indicates they established siting criteria and identified eight alternative locations where the facility could be constructed based on their criteria.  All but two of the alternative sites were rejected as either too far for the congregation to travel or have wetlands in amounts equal to or greater than the subject property.  The two sites were combined to create a single site for the new facility.  The applicant proposes to purchase up to 0.9-acre of credits from an approved wetland mitigation bank whose service area includes the project site as compensatory mitigation to replace aquatic functions and services that would be permanently lost.  


If a permit is issued, the Corps will determine what is appropriate and practicable compensatory mitigation.  The amount of compensatory mitigation required shall be commensurate with the anticipated impacts of the project.

Purpose: Provide a new larger facility for Grace Point Church to meet the identified need.


Drawings:  Seven drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-2012-109.


Additional Information:  Additional information may be obtained from Michele E. Hanson, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (541) 465-6878 or email


Authority:  This permit will be issued or denied under the following:


            Section 404, Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344), for discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.


Water Quality Certification:  A permit for the described work will not be issued until certification, as required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (P.L. 95‑217), has been received or is waived from the certifying state.  Attached is the state's notice advertising the request for certification.


Section 404(b)(1) Evaluation:  The impact of the activity on the public interest will be evaluated in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines pursuant to Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act.


Public Hearing:  Any person may request in writing within the comment period specified in this notice that a public hearing be held to consider this application.  Requests for public hearings shall state with particularity the reasons for holding a public hearing.


Endangered Species:  Preliminary determinations indicate that the described activity may affect an endangered or threatened species or its critical habitat.  Consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (87 Stat. 844) will be initiated.  A permit for the proposed activity will not be issued until the consultation process is completed.


Cultural Resources:  An initial evaluation of the proposed project area indicates to the best of our knowledge, the described activity is not located on property registered or eligible for registration in the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places.  At this time the Corps is unaware of any cultural resource surveys of the project area. 


This notice has been provided to the State Historic Preservation Office, interested Native American Indian tribes, and other interested parties.  If you have information pertaining to cultural resources within the permit area, please provide this information to the Corps’ project manager (identified on page 1 of this notice) to assist in a complete evaluation of potential effects.


Evaluation:  The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the described activity on the public interest.  That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.  The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the described activity, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments.  All factors, which may be relevant to the described activity will be considered including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.


The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity.  Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal.  To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above.  Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.  Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.


Additional Requirements:  State law requires that leases, easements, or permits be obtained for certain works or activity in the described waters.  These state requirements must be met where applicable, and a Department of the Army permit must be obtained before any work within the applicable Statutory Authority previously indicated may be accomplished.  Other local governmental agencies may also have ordinances or requirements, which must be satisfied before the work is accomplished.